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Meryfield Primary School

Believe and Achieve


Reading and sharing stories are very important to us in Reception. We have a selection of core books which we read regularly and the children have a good understanding of. We retell stories in a variety of ways such as story maps, props and role play. As the children's confidence develops they will begin to write for pleasure such as shopping lists and labels. The daily phonics allows children to learn new sounds and the correct way of forming the letters. We also have a daily practice reading session where we talk about the book and build on our comprehension skills. By the end of Reception children will be able to:



  • Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary.
  • Anticipate (where appropriate) key events in stories.
  • Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, nonfiction, rhymes and poems and during role play.


Word Reading

  • Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs.
  • Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending.
  • Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.



  • Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.
  • Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters.
  • Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.